Although I didn't end up getting my dress from Suzanne's they were VERY helpful. The woman listened carefully to what I wanted and did an excellent job of helping me look around and pick out dresses. She had an keen eye for what would look best for my figure. She was very kind and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend that brides check out the dresses in the Salem area. After looking at dresses at several shops in Portland and not finding one for under $1000. I can say that I saw many of the same dresses or even better ones in Salem for two-three hundred less! It is much less overwhelming.
I went to Portland first and did not find the dress of my dreams. Although the Portland shops were friendly and attentive (Charlotte's) they were very expensive and many of the dresses I could barely get on (I'm a 14-16). Simply Grand was WONDERFUL. The dresses were two-three hundred less expensive and they were so patient. I tried on two dresses three times, then had my friend try them on and my mother! I would recommend a week day to have the place to yourself. They have a very relaxed atmosphere, so if your looking to have your dresses picked out for you or have someone in the room dressing and undressing you this is not the place. If you want to do your own thing, come to Simply Grand.